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What is It?. It is the ‘ Ultimate Challenge ’ for all Scouts and Explorer Scouts in East & West Sussex A test of fitness and navigation A test of all Scouting skills, including teamwork

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What is It?

  • It is the ‘Ultimate Challenge’ for all Scouts and Explorer Scouts in East & West Sussex
  • A test of fitness and navigation
  • A test of all Scouting skills, including teamwork
  • ….. but, best of all, it is a fantastic experience and great fun!

Where is It?

  • Somewhere on the South Downs
  • The route is secret and is different every year

What’s Involved?

  • Hiking in teams of four, without assistance, for 25 miles over two days
  • Camping overnight and cooking your own meals
  • Map reading to find checkpoints
  • ‘Incidents’ (tests) at each checkpoint

How Good is It?

  • … Probably the best thing you’ll ever do as a Scout!
  • Those who complete the training will qualify to join the District hillwalking trip to the Lake District next April
  • All of this counts towards your Expedition Award and Chief Scout’s Gold Award …
  • … and will put you on track for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in Explorers.

When is It?

  • 23rd and 24th March 2013
  • There’s also the less challenging ‘Ashdown Hike’ on the 3rd March

So Why do I Need to Know Now?

  • Because you’ll need to do a lot of training between now and then!
  • Training hikes are available every weekend from 12th January until the competition
  • The first hike, just for fun, is on 6th January and families are welcome!
  • Need to know what it’s really like – ask Maia, Nik, Caitlin or Will. Okay, maybe not Will, he tends to sleep a lot on hikes!

What Equipment is Needed?

  • Hiking Boots (comfortable, robust, waterproof, with good ankle support)
  • Good quality waterproofs (jacket & over-trousers)
  • Warm clothes, in layers, including thermal top, fleece & trousers (quick drying items - NEVER JEANS)
  • Warm hat & gloves (ideally waterproof)
  • 50-60L rucksack
  • 3-season sleeping bag (needed by 3rd March)
  • Water bottle or bladder
  • …….and sunglasses!
      • Full kit list will be provided – please ask Richard for advice before shopping!

Where Can I Find Out More?

  • Ask your Leader
  • Read the Booklet
  • Go to
  • Convince your parents
  • Tell your Leader that you want to take part
  • Ask Father Christmas for any equipment you may need!

Then turn up and have a go!